Chennai: Apollo Hospitals on Monday launched a remote consulting and diagnostic – Teleradiology – service at its flagship hospital in Chennai.
Inaugurated by APJ Abdul Kalam, former president of India, this technology will help patients and diagnostic centres in remote locations to access expert radiologist with their radiology images for expert opinion and get appropriate treatment recommendations.
The service will play a vital role in reducing patient waiting time for diagnosis, treatment commencement and cost, according to a statement by Apollo Hospitals.
Dr Prathap C Reddy, chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, said, “Teleradiology as a technology can transform rural healthcare delivery by empowering both patients and doctors alike.”
“While rural practitioners can gain access to specialist health services and benefit from interactions with consultants and specialists, patients can receive health information and advice from health professionals from the convenience of their homes,” he said.
How the technology works:
An X-Ray, CT, MRI and any clinical images are transferred as loss less DICOM formats to a centralized PACS data centre on a secured mode. These files, including accompanying medical notes, are electronically accessed by expert radiologists at Apollo Tele-Radiology Reading centres (ATRC) at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai.
The radiologist in the tertiary care site opens the file and reviews the X-Rays, CT, MRI and other clinical images and notes in order to confirm and/or determine a diagnosis at single location with multiple levels of expertise in Radiology sciences.
The file and accompanying medical inferences, recommendations and notes are then electronically reported back to the remote and distant diagnostic centres/hospitals or patients.
The patient is informed of diagnosis without having to meet the radiologist in person. The whole process from the time patient images and parameters captured can be completed in less than 30 to 40 minutes which otherwise takes more than a day or a week depending on the complexity of the patient condition.
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